Creamy Balsamic Dressing – No Oil

Salads are a big part of my weekly menu and I’m not talking about little itty – bitty side salads. No I am talking about Big Beautiful Salads – BBS for short! Thankfully hubby Tom also likes these salads and we can make a meal out of them. Like most people we enjoy a creamy salad dressing with all those lovely greens and vegetables. With a little experimentation I came up with a creamy delicious no oil balsamic dressing that works well with so many different types of salads. You are going to love this one!

Nutmeg Notebook Creamy Balsamic Dressing

Nutmeg Notebook
Creamy Balsamic Dressing

I used to make a smaller amount of dressing but I was constantly having to make dressing so I increased the recipe and it yields 24 ounces. It will last a week in the fridge – but  you will most likely use it up before the week is out! It’s wonderful on a green salad, broccoli slaw or potato salad.  The dressing gets thicker after it chills in the fridge. I try to keep some dressing made and in the fridge at all times. Preparation is key to being able to eat healthy when hunger strikes! I use the Costco Balsamic vinegar for this dressing. The cannellini beans make it thick and creamy. It doesn’t taste “beany” – you would never know it was made with beans.

Nutmeg Notebook Big Beautiful Salad

Nutmeg Notebook
Big Beautiful Salad

This is one of my BBS – big beautiful salads. I will do a blog post about how I make my salads. They are hearty enough to be a meal and it takes about 45 minutes to eat this giant salad. It’s packed with flavor, fiber and nutrients!

Nutmeg Notebook Creamy Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 box or can of cannellini beans no salt added, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar *
  • 4  Medjool dates – pitted (depends on how sweet you like it – you could use less or more)
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon Mustard or no salt added mustard
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant milk ( I use almond milk)
  • 2-3 teaspoons Garlic & Herb no salt seasoning or you could use 2 fresh garlic cloves

Mix all the ingredients together in a high power blender  like a Blendtec or Vitamix until smooth and creamy. It thickens after chilling in the fridge.

If you have a regular blender you might try soaking the dates in warm water to soften them so they will blend better.

*For a slaw salad I suggest you use the white balsamic vinegar – Trader Joe’s has a good one and other stores also sell white balsamic vinegar. The lighter color looks better on a slaw. The white balsamic is a lighter flavor but it still makes a yummy dressing.

A Nutmeg Notebook Recipe

Nutmeg Notes

On the home front our pool and patio renovation is complete and we love how it all turned out. Now we have to work on the landscape. The projects never seem to end around here but its good to have things to work on. We are thinking about putting in a little garden and growing some greens like kale – that would be so amazing!

Our granddaughter Alma is almost 5 months old and we are grateful that they live so close. I get to see her about every two days – sometimes more than that! It’s a joy to spend time with her and I jump at the opportunity to babysit. I am loving being a grandmother!

There is definitely a chill in the air and it’s starting to feel like fall. I have switched to wearing long pants for my morning walks as well as a jacket when I start out. I kind of like that crispness to the air early in the morning. It causes me to walk faster as I try to create a little heat. I guess that’s a good thing – maybe it burns more calories!

Wishing you all a happy healthy fall.


A Little Nutmeg Nugget: When I started this blog in January of 2010 I followed what I understood to be a healthy version of the standard American diet, ironically also known as the “SAD” diet. As interest in my own health and how it was affected by the food I ate evolved, I transitioned to a whole food plant based diet also known as “WFPB” diet. I have wrestled with the fact that this blog still contains all those posts and recipes from the SAD way of eating I have left behind. I no longer advocate for anyone to eat that way. At this time I am leaving those recipes and posts here. It is a record of my journey and how I came to follow a WFPB way of eating. It is my hope that those who still come here for those old recipes will be curious about what I am doing now. Perhaps they will dip their toes across the line as I did and try some plant based recipes and learn more about the health benefits.


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  1. Diana Salter says:

    Great post Tami. What brand of garlic herb seasoning do you use?

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Diana I use Mrs Dash usually but I just found a new one at Costco called Garlic Saltless seed-free made by Engage Organics and its good too!

  2. Donna Weifert says:

    Thanks Tami! I am making this today.

    1. Tami says:

      I hope you like it Donna – its our go to dressing!

  3. Jody - Fit at 58 says:

    Looks great Tami! How is the bod & feet? I am so glad to hear all is well! We have had a couple cooler days but going to get warmer again…

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Jody,

      The feet are dong well! I am still having sciatic nerve issues but I am seeing my pain specialist again next week and we will make a plan about what to do next! Thanks for asking. Hope all is well with you and your family. Enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts! Hugs, Tami

  4. Colleen says:

    This looks wonderful, Tami! I’ve been looking for a creamy dressing. Adding this to my list of recipes for my next batch cooking day. Thanks!

    1. Tami says:

      I am glad that you are going to give it a try Colleen. So far everyone who has tried it has liked it! I hope you will too. Be sure to let me know how it turns out for you. I have been making it for over a year now and its become our one and only dressing.

      Happy Healthy Eating!


  5. Diane Garber says:

    Fabulous! Beans are indeed the trick. Thanks so much.

    1. Tami says:

      I hope you give it a try Diane! The beans work well and you can’t taste them at all!

  6. Stephanie says:

    Great recipe. I halved the recipe using half a can of beans, 1/4c of balsamic, 1 date and not being a great fan of mustard – 1 tsp of dijon plus 1 tsp of dry mustard powder, Trader Joes 21 spice salute and 1/2c of almond milk.

    Very delicious. I particularly like it on steamed veg and potatoes.

    Thank you Tami for this resource. Your recipes are delicious.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Stephanie!

      Your dressing substitutions sound delicious! I am happy to get your feed back and to know that it worked out well for you. I hope to hear from you again.

      Happy healthy trails!


  7. Nikki Nadig says:

    This is delicious! I really needed a new dressing and I love it. Thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Nikki – I am so glad you like the dressing recipe!

      Happy Healthy Cooking!


  8. Sue Solin says:

    Great dressing recipe and that salad looks amazing. Did you ever do a post on how you make your salad? I did a little searching and didn’t find one that looks like the picture. My mouth is watering! I just recently found your blog and love it!

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Sue,

      I haven’t posted about the salad yet – maybe my next post will be about it! Not enough hours in the day right now to do everything I want to do!



  9. Suzy says:

    This is a game changer, Tami!! Thank you so much. I have made this a dozen times with different variations, and it is always exceptional!

    1. Tami says:

      I am so glad you like it. I would love to know what your variations are if you care to share!

  10. Mindy says:

    Finally! I was despairing that I would ever be able to choke down a salad again. All the WFPB dressings I tried were, um, not so great. (At least to me anyway.) Thank you so much for this recipe. It is amazing and I can’t wait for my next salad!!

    1. Tami says:

      Mindy that makes me so happy!

  11. Tracey says:

    Do you use the Napa Valley Naturals Balsamic (4% acidity) for this?

    1. Tami says:

      No I don’t since the recipe uses dates you can use regular balsamic vinegar. If you don’t want to use dates you can use the Napa Valley Naturals Balsamic Grand Reserve and skip the dates since that vinegar is already sweet.

      1. Tracey says:

        Ok, makes sense..thank you!!

  12. Victoria Mall says:

    Good morning,

    Thank you so much for your informative demonstrations. I have been attempting to batch cook for 1 1/2 adults (my hubby eats most UWL dinners). I was wondering if you have a shopping list for your weekly grocery purchases. I know they will vary with the recipes you choose but it seems the bbs is pretty consistent. It would help me not to overbuy and possible waste food. My husband eats salad at work so it would be salad for one.
    I also appreciate your recommendations for purchases from Costco. Most UWLers reference TJ or WF. Those stores are 100 miles away from where I live in NE Wisconsin, but we do have a Costco.
    Again, thank you for you enjoyable videos. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Victoria,

      I actually don’t have a shopping list. It changes from week to week depending on what our schedule is and if we are entertaining and so on. Today we went to shopping and I bought Broccoli Slaw, shredded carrots, romaine, baby spinach, baby kale, red cabbage, red onions, clementines, sugar snap peas, little salad tomatoes and apples for our salads. I hope that helps.

      Eat Plants – Live Well,


  13. Taini says:

    Hi Tami,
    I made your dressing for the first time, it is a success. so delicious yet easy. thank you for sharing the recipes so generously. I will be trying more.

    1. Tami says:

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I am so glad you like the dressing – it’s been such a big hit and to think I almost didn’t share it!

  14. Brenda Werzinger says:

    Dearest Tami, I made your Creamy Balsamic Dressing (no-oil) today. I want to send you a dozen roses! It is unbelievable! I finally have an absolutely delicious salad dressing recipe that I could eat every day on my salad! None of the other recipes that I tried thrilled me. Using cannellini beans in lieu of cashews is genius! The beans have 0 grams of fat and are especially excellent for Diabetics. The flavor from all the other ingredients is just wonderful! Thank you so much! God bless you as you continue to teach us how to eat for our body’s health and wellness while enjoying every morsel! Also, your teaching technique is outstanding! You show us the ingredients in their packaging and even tell us from where you purchased every product. This is so helpful! It is a joy to watch you prepare and cook while you give us great tips and instruction, making it easy to learn. You are making such an impact on those who need this. Certainly, you are playing an important role in helping me reverse my Diabetes! Thank you! Wishing you and yours all the best. Your family is beautiful! Hugs.

    1. Tami says:

      Hi Brenda,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me. Your words mean so much to me – you brought me to tears. This is exactly why my hubby and I continue to work on the blog and make videos. To know that it is helping others is our reward! I am beyond happy that you like the dressing recipe and that you are having success in getting healthy with a whole food plant based lifestyle. Please stay in touch. Wishing you continued success and a healthy, happy life.

      Happy cooking,


      1. Brenda Werzinger says:

        Thank you so much, dear Tami! You are very special! I am looking forward to trying more of your recipes. I will let you know how I am doing. Thank you for caring!

        Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer!

        Warm regards,

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